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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator ABBOTT (New SouthWales) . - I now see that the request may not adequately express Senator Hardy's desire. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) should know that a certain quantity of imported leaf is used for blending with Australian tobacco, and that manufacturers use imported leaf for blending, because blended tobacco is more popular with smokers than is that made entirely from Australian leaf. We are all agreed as to the desirability of encouraging the use of more locallygrown leaf in the blends; but we do not agree that Australian leaf used in blended tobacco should be debarred from obtaining benefits under the excise.

Senator Gibson - It must receive the benefit.

Senator ABBOTT - The wording of the request does not carry out Senator Hardy's desire. The Country party does not press for extravagant duties on imported tobacco; it agrees that there should be a uniform reduction of the duty on all Australian leaf used in the manufacture of tobacco. That is all that it has asked for. I suggest that the request be withdrawn, if the Government will give an assurance that it will sympathetically consider the uniform reduction of the excise on all Australian tobacco whatsoever.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I give that assurance unreservedly.

Request - by leave - withdrawn.

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